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Korg announces Limited Edition MS-20 Kit

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Korg has announced the MS-20 Kit, a limited edition DIY monophonic analog synthesizer kit.

Korg MS-20 Kit
Build a real MS-20 with your own hands.

Creating an instrument your own hands is the part of the true enjoyment of an analog synthesizer. The MS-20 Kit lets you obtain a real, full-sized MS-20 by assembling it yourself. It goes without saying that, just like the MS-20 mini released in January 2013, the engineers who developed the original MS-20 have overseen this project – ensuring that its historic sound is reproduced with complete fidelity. In addition, the MS-20 Kit provides the filters from both the early and late versions of this classic instrument and it even allows you to switch between them.

Today, 36 years after this historic instrument was first unveiled in 1978, the MS-20 returns to its true origin.

MS-20 Kit features

  • A full-size MS-20 that you can assemble yourself.
  • Both the early and late versions of the filter are provided.
  • Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20;.
  • a complete replication of the original analog circuitry:
    • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure.
    • External signal processor (ESP).
    • Extremely flexible patching system.
  • MIDI IN and USB connector.
  • Powered by an AC adapter.
  • Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual.

The Korg MS-20 Kit will be available in March 2014, priced at $1399.99 USD. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

More information: Korg / MS-20 Kit

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Korg intros Taktile & Triton Taktile controller keyboards

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Korg has announced the Taktile and Triton Taktile, two small, lightweight USB/MIDI controller keyboards that provide a wide variety of functions for song production, and are available in either 25 or 49-key variations (semi-weighted).

Korg Triton Taktile 25

TRITON taktile controller feature a stylish design that projects a sense of presence, together with the same great-feeling semi-weighted keyboard that’s used on synthesizers and music workstations such as the KingKORG and KROME.

It’s loaded with functions that make it fun to play and use, such as a touch pad inherited from the Kaossilator that lets you play melodies using just a single finger, trigger pads that let you generate chords in the key and scale of your choice and an arpeggiator that includes rhythm patterns. Of course, the taktile and TRITON taktile also delivers the functionality that you expect from a MIDI controller. It provides all of the basic controllers such as sliders and switches, and makes setup easy so you can start producing music right away. Convenience is not the only attraction of TRITON taktile; it’s a MIDI controller that’s full of features that will stimulate your creativity.

In addition, the TRITON taktile adds 512 sounds from the TRITON, KORG’s best-selling music workstation loved by top-ranking musicians around the world. From your desktop to live stage performances, it’s a USB MIDI controller that you can use in any situation.

The Korg Taktile and Triton Taktile will be available in June 2014, priced at $249.99 USD and $349.99 USD for the Taktile 25 and 49, while the Triton Taktile 25 and 49 models will be $349.99 USD and $499.99 USD respectively.

More information: Korg / Taktile / Triton Taktile

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Seelake intros AudioStation X64 & 3D AudioStation

Seelake has announced its AudioStation X64 and 3D AudioStation workstations.

AudioStation X64 is a powerful hardware workstation for live shows, designed as a player for VST plug-ins with a fully-featured mixer, multitrack audio player with Audio/MIDI click, advanced MIDI patchbay, several audio and MIDI inputs and outputs, and is fully manageable from a dedicated remote controller or from an iPad.

Seelake AudioStation

AudioStation X64 features

  • 64-bit embedded-type OS based on the Microsoft Windows 7 kernel, specifically built and optimized for audio signal processing.
  • Intel i5 and i7 quad-core CPUs.
  • Up to 32GB memory.
  • 64-bit VST host-mixer with 32-bit bridge, 100% compatible with any 64-bit and 32-bit VST plugins on the market.
  • Support for any MIDI-USB and Ethernet controllers.
  • Remotely controlled and programmed also from iPad via WiFi (the WiFi signal is generated from AudioStation – no Internet connection or extra hardware needed).
  • Even more functions to control the parameters of the plugins.
  • Compatible with any DAW and music software for Windows 7.

The 3D AudioStation is a workstation for 3D multichannel audio.

It meets requirements for multi-channel production from 5.1 to 3D spatialization for live. A suite of proprietary plug-ins provides all the most important techniques of spatial 3D, including the latest Auto Depth Spherical Surround of 3D AudioStation.

This workstation allows you to use these technologies in critical contexts, such as live concerts, theatrical performances and live electronics, in addition to audio post-production studio.

Seelake will showcase its products at Winter NAMM 2014, booth #7410, Hall A & Arena.

More information: Seelake

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Arturia announces BeatStep controller/sequencer

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Arturia has announced BeatStep, an amazingly compact and bijou, space-saving tabletop pad controller-cum-step sequencer that is as powerful as it is portable.

Arturia BeatStep
Arturia will showcase BeatStep at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

Arturia’s breakthrough BeatStep offers a new level of functionality and performance features in a powerful, portable pad- and encoder- laden USB Class-compliant controller at a hitherto unheard of price-to-performance ratio. Taken at face value, triggering audio clips within powerful, flexible software environments such as Ableton Live or playing drum parts in conjunction with the likes of FXpansion BFD or Toontrack EZdrummer is as easy as exercising your trigger fingers!

Users can comfortably use BeatStep’s 16 sensitively-spaced, velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads to create dynamic percussion performances. Performing onstage? Well, when working in CNTRL (controller) mode those pads backlit LEDs are brightly lit in red — perfect for overcoming far from ideal lighting conditions that are typically associated with onstage operation. Actually, this also assists with making studio-based beats easier on the eye, too.

But beyond that trigger-happy, percussion-friendly facade lies a wealth of flexible features for creating mind-blowing music. Switch to SEQ (sequencer) mode and those backlit LEDs become blue for instant visual confirmation of the mode change. The pads now perform a different function, too. Each one represents a step in a 16-step sequence while pitch adjustments for each step is available via BeatStep’s 16 encoders. Up to 16 sequence pattens can be conveniently stored for instant recall. Elsewhere, encoder-enabled scale modes, sequencer playback modes, and time division functions allow for realtime performance changes.

Whatever your connectivity preferences may be, Arturia has helped keep BeatStep one step ahead of the competition by thoughtfully providing MIDI, USB, and CV/GATE options. Users can comfortably drive anything from software instruments to suitably-equipped hardware, including instruments like Arturia’s own super-selling MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer and MicroBrute Analog Synthesizer. Supporting BeatStep’s super-slender form factor, a custom breakout cable can be used to drive standard MIDI gear. Freedom of choice is always a wonderful thing — even more so when it comes to step sequencing!

Speaking of connectivity, when used with an Apple iPad and Camera Connection Kit combo, BeatStep becomes one of the most flexible iPad app controllers around as well. Indeed, its relatively diminutive dimensions make these desirable devices the perfect production partnership. After all, freedom to travel is also a wonderful thing — especially when carrying around a production-ready BeatStep-carrying backpack that is far from backbreaking and also unlikely to break the bank!

Those wishing to use BeatStep as a general purpose control surface are also well and truly catered for since its pads can be configured to be MIDI CC buttons or assigned to send Program and Bank Change messages as well as note messages. The transport buttons can be MMC controls or MIDI CC to start and stop any connected DAW. With 16 encoders, 16 pads/buttons, and 16 preset memories at your command, you can come up with multiple ways to use BeatStep in any live or studio environment.

Put simply, your wish is BeatStep’s command. Controlling and step sequencing is fun and flexible — and all available at an amazing asking price with Arturia’s breakthrough BeatStep. To see one is to want one — which is exactly why Arturia has seen fit to include a Kensington Lock to keep your BeatStep secure from prying eyes (and hands)!

BeatStep will be available to purchase at the end of March, 2014, priced at $129 USD/99 EUR (MSRP).

More information: Arturia

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Alesis introduces VI & V Series Keyboard/Pad Controllers

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Alesis has announced the new V Series and VI Series of full-size keyboard/pad controllers.

The performance-oriented V Series offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician. The step-up VI Series provides increased control for the keyboard performer. Both series include a Software Preset/Parameter utility that makes setup a snap.

The new Alesis V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression.

Alesis V25

Cool blue LEDs illuminate the pads—as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons—for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. A single USB cable provides both a power and data connection to nearly any computer.

Alesis V Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation Wheels.
  • 8 Pads with blue LED illumination.
  • 4 Assignable knobs and buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USB MIDI.

The VI Series (VI61, VI49, VI25) add semi-weighted keys and aftertouch.

Alesis VI49

The pad count has been increased to 16, with multi-color illumination. This layout provides intensive command over the clip trigger workflow of top DAW and compositional software.

The internal clock offers drum roll, tempo, and sync capabilities. An optional power supply and a standard MIDI output allow for stand-alone use.

Alesis VI Series features

  • Full size, flat-front keys (25, 49, or 61).
  • Semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch.
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels.
  • 16 Pads with Multi-color LED illumination.
  • VI25: 8 knobs, 24 buttons.
  • VI49: 12 knobs, 36 buttons.
  • VI61: 16 knobs, 48 buttons.
  • Transport and Present up/down buttons.
  • Sustain pedal input.
  • USD MIDI, MIDI Out.
  • Internal Clock for sync, tempo, rolls, etc.

The V and VI Series will have the following respective estimated street prices, V25 ($79.99 USD), V49 ($99.99 USD), V61 ($149.99 USD), VI25 ($169.99 USD), VI49 ($199.99 USD), and VI61 ($249.99 USD).

Alesis will unveil the V and VI Series at the 2014 NAMM Show in Hall A, Booth 6700, January 23-26 in Anaheim, California.

More information: Alesis

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Focusrite announces iTrack Dock for recording music on iPad

Focusrite has announced iTrack Dock, a complete music recording solution for the iPad.

Focusrite iTrack Dock

iTrack Dock is a comprehensive studio-quality iPad recording interface, featuring dual legendary Focusrite microphone preamps plus two line inputs and an instrument DI, independent stereo monitor and headphone outputs, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers. iTrack Dock provides everything required to record, monitor and control music on Lightning iPads – with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling. It even charges and powers the iPad at the same time.

Perfect for songwriters, musicians and home recordists who want to take advantage of their studio gear alongside the simplicity of iPad, iTrack Dock was designed to provide a comprehensive recording, monitoring and control solution for iPad users. iTrack Dock is easy to use and provides all the control and functionality you’d expect in a traditional recording interface.

iTrack Dock features

  • The Focusrite recording dock for your iPad: Sleek Focusrite industrial design provides the perfect platform to dock, charge and record music with the new generation of iPads – iPad(4th Gen) / iPad Air / iPad mini / iPad mini with retina display.
  • Record and monitor at superior resolution: iTrack Dock is the best sounding iPad-based workstation, featuring premium Focusrite A-D/D-A conversion with over 105dB dynamic range, operating at up to 24bit, 96kHz sample rates.
  • Legendary Focusrite mic preamps: Two Focusrite mic pres, as featured in the Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces, include 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones. iTrack Dock also features Focusrite’s unique “Gain Halos” – a ring of light around the input gain control – to easily set the input gain: green for healthy signal, red if it’s too hot.
  • Dedicated maximum headroom guitar DI: iTrack Dock provides a guitar input with plenty of clean, clear headroom to capture both quiet and loud guitars with stunning clarity.
  • USB MIDI port connects and powers a MIDI controller: USB MIDI port for class compliant MIDI controller connectivity (MIDI + power) – perfect for connecting a Novation Launchkey or Launchkey Mini.
  • Works with any Core Audio app: From GarageBand to Cubasis, Auria and beyond, iTrack Dock expands the functionality of any Core Audio application – and with its built-in Core Audio driver there’s no setup required.
  • High quality outputs with over 105dB dynamic range: Balanced main monitor outputs plus a stereo headphone output, with more than enough power for headphones and powered monitor speakers.
  • Latency-free direct monitoring: iTrack Dock’s direct monitoring sends your input signal straight to the headphone and main monitor outputs for perfect timing.
  • Stereo line inputs: Connect synths, drum machines, CD players and more with balanced stereo line in.
  • Versatile recording app included: Includes the Tape by Focusrite app for iPad, which offers instant recording, mastering and sharing without the complexities of traditional music-making software.

iTrack Dock will be introduced at the Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, California, at Focusrite Novation Inc’s booth (#6464). It is priced $249.99 (MSRP) / $199.99 (street).

More information: Focusrite / iTrack Dock

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iConnectivity announces iConnectAUDIO4+ Audio/MIDI interface

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iConnectivity has introduced iConnectAUDIO4+, its next-generation audio and MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS.

iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+

iConnectAUDIO4+ is a multi-host audio and MIDI interface for MAC, PC, and iOS that combines several of iConnectivity’s innovative technologies in a uniquely flexible device.

iConnectAUDIO4+’s Multi-Host technology supports multiple audio and MIDI peripherals, and also multiple computing devices, all at once. This allows any combination of up to 2 Mac, PC, and iOS devices to share iConnectAUDIO4+’s I/O.

iConnectivity’s multi-host and Audio & MIDI passThru technologies bridge iOS, Macs, and PCs in a professional environment, with many practical applications. Control a virtual instrument (or any music program) on one computer device from another one. Audio and MIDI flow back and forth without extra cables, and with no audio degradation. All the computer devices act like a single integrated machine.

The Host Port is another unique technology. Many peripherals use USB for MIDI I/O, but an iOS device can only access one of them with its single port. The iConnnectAUDIO4+ Host Port eliminates that limitation by accommodating several Class-Compliant USB MIDI devices at the same time.

iConnectivity’s iConfig software for iOS, MAC, PC (included) offers complete control over iConnectAUDIO4+’s I/O, providing direct control over audio and MIDI routing. Snapshots are then stored in flash memory on the device.

iConnectAUDIO4+ features

  • Multi-Host & Host Port – use 2 computer devices (Mac/PC/iOS) at the same time. Or use 1 computing device with several and/or MIDI peripherals (with Class-compliant devices connected to a powered USB hub.)
  • Audio and MIDI passThru™ routes audio digitally between two computing devices.
  • 4 XLR – ¼” TRS combo analog inputs.
  • 4 ¼” TRS balanced analog outputs.
  • 1 X 1 regular MIDI in/out.
  • iConfig software (Mac, Windows, iOS) makes it simple to set up filtering/routing/merging scenes – which are also stored in flash memory on the device.
  • High-resolution audio – up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion.
  • USB audio and MIDI Class-Compliant for easy, plug-and-play set-up.
  • Charges an iOS device.

iConnectAUDIO4+ is expected to be available at iConnectivity resellers worldwide mid-2014. Its MSRP and projected street price are TBD.

More information: iConnectivity / iConnectAUDIO4+

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